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|Pilot Flt Lt Alan Thomas Cridland, 260424 (KIA, BR) Edgecliff, NSW
MIA November 20, 1942
During January 1943, this F-4 Lightning began flying photographic reconnaissance missions from Coomalie Creek Field. On January 2, 1942 took off piloted by F/O P.B. Sinnott on a reconnaissance flight. With missions on January 3 piloted by Flt Lt C.C. Lawrie and January 5 piloted by Flt Lt W.H.S. Talberg and January 14 piloted by Flt Lt C.C. Lawrie. Afterwards, unservicable due to the failure of the left supercharger.
On March 28, 1943 took off piloted by Flt Lt P. B. Sinnott on a photographic reconnaissance of Dili and returned with engine problems. On March 31, 1943 took off piloted by Flt Lt P. B. Sinnott on a photographic reconnaissance of Penfoei and returned with a intercooler and supercharger.
On April 21, 1943 took off piloted by Sqn Ldr L.W. Law on a photo recce over Fuiloro. On April 24, took off piloted by Flt Lt P. B. Sinnott on a photo recce over Dili. On April 25 took off piloted by Flt Lt C. C. Lawrie on a photo recce over North Goulbourne Island.
26APR43 Photography Cape Helvetius, Flt Lt F. Robilliard.
03MAY43 Photo recce Gaumlaki, Alilit & Seframat, Flt Lt F. Robilliard. Weather unsuitable.
On August 19, 1943 transfered to 14 ARD for a 240 hour inspection and afterwards transfered to 1 AD for overhaul and November 5, 1943 issued to the U. S. Army Air Force at Garbutt Field for a complete overhaul.
On January 10, 1944 damaged on the ground at Coomalie Creek Field due to high winds that caused the aircraft to slip from the chocks and roll into a drain causing structural damage to the airframe. Afterwards, on January 12, 1944 assigned to 4 RSU for repairs.
On May 16, 1944 to the 5th Air Force, No. 2 Depot for 240 hour inspection and replacement of both engines. On July 2, 1944 assigned to Eagle Farm Field then to Garbutt Field then returned to Eagle Farm Field on August 15, 1944.
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